Saturday, November 26, 2011

A helpful hand or sharing is the end of me?

There are times when I watch my kids be kind, sweet and helpful to one another and I am over the moon with happiness. Lately, Adrian really loves showing his siblings better ways to do things, if he sees them struggle with something, he's right there to help them out. Preston wasn't holding his marker quite right, so Adrian was telling him and showing him how to "pinch" his marker. When I see the kids in this light, it makes me feel like we're doing something right. It balances everything out... 

Like the "flip side" of sharing and being helpful. Oh my my.... I have said easily 50x or more in the past month that "sharing might be the end of me!!"

How do you get siblings to share when they don't want to? Three of them that all want the same cup, toy, blanket, plate, chair, hat, shirt, spoon, scissors, marker... I don't care what it is... it could be a stick, a rock or a piece of dirt and they'd still all want it. I know it's totally normal and it's how they learn important skills as they grow up. But like everything in life, there are some days that are just better than others. And I'm convinced the reason why some days are better than others-- this happens so we don't start to take the good days for granted-- makes perfect sense. And when I see more of these pictures and acts of kindness and caring from my kids, it sure does make the few difficult days more bearable.

The best is when Adrian and Preston are arguing over who will get something and little Kellen busts out in the background of chaos and yells "Sharing Is Caring" :) Ah yes, we've beat that one into the floor and it's often a great reminder. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.

You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.  ~Franklin P. Jones

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.  ~ Lao Tzu

He that can have patience can have what he will.  ~ Benjamin Franklin 

1 comment:

Adam, Melissa, Blake and Karson said...

Love this have the sweetest little guys! Wish we could've gotten together for the game today..looking forward to having you all up next Saturday!! Finally took your advice and signed up & have lined up several babysitter interviews. We should plan an adult-only date night with you guys, too!! See you soon!